Software Engineering Certificate

Department of Computer Science, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

Through our degree you'll develop better planning, management and technical abilities necessary for leading a thriving organization in today's complex, digital world. At the Peter Kiewit Institute, you may not only get the degree, but you can graduate with industry experience, a pocket full of business contacts and life-long friends.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Jong-Hoon Youn, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 282E


Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C



Program Website:


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Resume
    • Submit a detailed resume highlighting your work experience and background (if applicable)

Cert-SWEN Degree Requirements

Prerequisite courses (3 hours):

CSCI 4830Introduction Software Engineering

3 credits

or equivalent

Cert-SWEN Required Courses (6 hours):

CSCI 8700Software Specification and Design

3 credits

CSCI 8710Modern Software Development Methodologies

3 credits

Cert-SWEN Elective Courses (6 hours—select two):

CSCI 8526Human-Computer Interaction


CSCI 8266User Interface Design and Development

3 credits

CSCI 8760Formal Methods in Software Engineering

3 credits

CSCI 8790Advanced Topics in Software Engineering

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 12

Cert-SWEN-Other Program-Related Information:

Graduate Assistantships

  • Complete this form to apply for a graduate assistantship.

Advantage Scholarship for Non-Nebraska Residents ONLY:

  • Tuition scholarships for an amount up to the difference between resident and non-resident tuition; click here to apply
  • Multiple awards available
  • Application submission deadlines:
    • Fall: April 15
    • Spring: November 15
  • Awarded to students who are not residents of Nebraska
  • These awards are renewable
    • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee an award.
  • If an application is submitted after a deadline, it will be added to a wait-list. If funds become available, the department will notify the applicant.